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Poem by Hilaire Belloc

On Vital Statistics

Ill fares the land to hastning ills a prey (1) 
Where wealth accumulates and men decay. 
But how much more unfortunate are those 
Where wealth declines and population grows! 

(1)This line is execrable; and I note it.
I quote it as the faulty poet wrote it.

Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc's other poems:
  1. On Torture: A Public Singer
  2. The Dromedary
  3. The Telephone
  4. Charles Augustus Fortescue
  5. Franklin Hyde

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